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Kantipur Temple House
Ranked #22 of 209 Hotels in Kathmandu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2012

A friend and I stayed in Kathmandu for a week in November 2011. Due to being mostly booked out, we could only get 4 nights at Kantipur. The other two hotels were Shanker and the Hyatt. Of the three, which were all great in their own ways, Kantipur was by far our favourite. The fact it is eco conscious was a total bonus.

The atmosphere of Kantipur is truly special. The wonderful architecture, the tucked away location in the midst of the Thamel district, and the friendly, helpful staff, all made our stay now a very fond memory.

We did spend a lot of time in the courtyard when back at the hotel. It is an open yet private space with a mix of eastern and western charm. A local street cat has also made occasional residence here and we unashamedly coaxed her with remnants of our breakfast fry up, to the chagrin of the staff (though they never made a display, it was obvious it was not appreciated, and Nepalese have a very different view to Westerners and Europeans of cats as pets). She is a mother of many litters and apparently spends half her little life pregnant. Life is hard for all in Nepal including the street cats, and being the animal lovers we are, couldn't help wanting to help her.

Some people have mentioned that the lighting is bad. Even though the eating areas were low lit, the lighting in our room was more than adequate. We had several wall lamps in addition to the ceiling lights (I think I counted about ten all up), and the en suite was also well lit, and also well ventilated with ceiling fan and a window. The en-suite was also modern and the cleaners were impeccable every day.

The room was large and had a lounging bench at the window as well as a coffee table with comfort chairs. The window overlooked an inner courtyard, and just outside the door across the corridor was a view down to our favourite courtyard that we found solace in every day. We had to take a room with a king bed due to the hotel being almost totally booked out, and it was very comfortable.

The food was excellent. There was a wide variety of Nepalese, Indian, and continental dishes, and always, they were very good. We both have a taste for fine dining so have high standards, and could not fault the food.

The proprietor, Bharrat, was a polite and amiable gentleman, who spent time in sit down conversations with his guests to ensure they were enjoying themselves and being looked after. He was not invasive in any way, rather, attentive and genuinely interested, like a host attending to many friends and acquaintances at a large party.

Kantipur was a haven to return to after walking the frenetic streets of Kathmandu each day.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Beautiful building and outside terrace, excellent service, clean and extra comfortable rooms, very peaceful... AND on top of that, environmental friendly! I wish I would have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Caroline852
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

my wife and I stayed in February 2012 for 3 nights. Location was good, quiet and proximate to heart of city. Rooms comfortable, not opulent, service fine. Negatives were lack odf 24 hour electric, (same as most small establishments) throuhout country, and modertely expensive restaurant(food quality was good). Would stay again

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

After travelling from China to Lhasa, and down to Everest on 4x4, then onto rafting in Nepal, we arrived at this serene oasis in the city. The staff was incredible and the room so very comfortable.
The view from our room was into the interior of the complex, which is open to the sky. It was nice to view and admire the traditional Nepalese architecture and the wooden carvings on it.
The standard rooms were fully booked out and they offered us the deluxe with some discount. I booked a room on a higher floor. Note: because it is a reasonably old building, you will have to walk the stairs. But it was ok for us, since the stairs were made of beautiful marbles. The rooms floor is wooden, brick walls and full of carvings everywhere you look.
Arriving in this place through all the places we stayed in Tibet as well as camping in the Nepalese outdoors was like entering heaven. We all finally managed to relax.
The ambiance feels zen and calm with smiley faces.
The hotel is environmentally aware, giving hints and using sustainable products.
I would go back to this hotel everytime. It is really nice.

Room Tip: The Deluxe was good enough.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

This is one of this places, you should visit, the arquitecture, rooms, personal, enviroment frindly. Food is excellent. The rubber warmer bags, electrical covers, towels, etc...
It´s like a dream house, were ever you see, they have a detail, esculture, paint, handpaint, candle, chair, everthing is perfect. I´m sure if sometime I go back to kathmandu, India or Tibet, I make a stop again in the PERFECT "Kantipur Temple House"

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Norell_57
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

We stayed two nights in late January and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was a nice size, the hot water was actually very hot all the time (rare in Kathmandu to find!) and the electric blanket and hot water bottles were a very pleasant surprise! I agree with other reviewers in that it was a bit dark in the rooms and the restaurant is a tad unappealing (don't go there unless you are starving and have no options - it is pretty expensive and lacking in atmosphere). However, it is a beautiful place to stay and convenient for shopping in Thamel and being in the heart of the area if that's what you are after. A bit pricey (PS don't go for the breakfast) but justifiably calls itself a 4* hotel, unlike some other places in Kathmandu which oversold themselves...

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank van06London
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Making reservation in Kantipur Temple House is an absolutely right choice. We first was attracted with its temple-like construction. The service from hotel staff were sweet. The facility in the room, the cups, pot, carpets, even locker are all well designed and organized. At night, hotel provided two rubber warmers in each bed. When you check-out, don't forget to take the envelop, bookmark, and paper pad with you. They are marvelous souvenirs to bring back. They are really very green stuff and they are also very well designed! Uttamkarki, the head of Chef showed us very warm hospitality. He loves his work and welcome us to visit his remote home in Sunsari. From him, we could understand why Nepalese is rated as most satisfied people in the world. When we stay in the yard in a sunshine afternoon, we thought about to have something to eat. Just by the time, we encountered the restaurant manager in the yard . He quickly made arrangement to set up table for us enjoying sunshine with delicious meal. How wonderful the Kantipur Temple House is! It is near the crowed shopping street but we could not feel that any as we seems in a complete different worlds in Kantipur with what all Kantipur made...

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Chusyabahal, Jyatha Tol | Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Kathmandu
#20 Family Hotel in Kathmandu
#24 Business Hotel in Kathmandu
Price Range: $87 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kantipur Temple House 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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